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The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music

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The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music Edited by Nicholas Gebhardt and Tony Whyton 250 Pages ISBN: 978-1-138-780602-0 Routledge 2016 The recording of jazz history has overwhelmingly focused on individuals. Yet while biographies that lionize great jazz men--women are sorely underrepresented--abound, the socio-political environment in which all musicians make and play jazz--the networks and collaborations that help nourish the music--is often ignored, or considered only in passing. In The ...

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Take Five with Sherry-Lynn Lee and George Paolini of 23rd Hour

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About 23rd Hour For singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Sherry-Lynn Lee and George Paolini, a chance meeting at an open mic transformed unlikely bedfellows into sympathetic artistic souls. Together now, the duo, who perform under the moniker 23rd Hour, announces its debut album--Perfect Strangers--a body of original compositions and jazz standards that melds eclectic and urbane musicality with pop accessibility and poetic sentiments. Sherry and George's artistry encompasses jazz, classical, rock, folk, and pop. They hit ...

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Champian Fulton: Speechless

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Speechless is a date that may be best classified as a centrist statement, but it's far from the norm for Champian Fulton. While many have come to know and admire Fulton for her arresting vocals and piano work, both usually given in service to Great American Songbook classics, she's not conforming to those expectations here. For her eighth album in total, and her debut on the Posi-Tone imprint, Fulton is staying completely mum for the first time, putting her piano ...

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Torben Waldorff: Holiday On Fire

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Two impressions stick in the mind after a couple of spins of guitarist Torben Waldorff's Holiday On Fire: one--he rips like a rock star; and two--the band he has put together  has a sharply distinctive, modern, maybe even futuristic sound. The rock star aspect: not a surprise, for a musician whose introduction to the art began with American blues and rock and roll. As for the assemblage of the band: he's put together great groups on his four previous CDs ...

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Anat Cohen at Davidson College

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Anat Cohen/Davidson College Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo Davidson College / Duke Family Performance HallDavidson, NC April 21, 2017 We've known for a long time that Anat Cohen can electrify audiences whenever she picks up her clarinet and plays. After her recent residency at Davidson College, we can now proclaim that she has a similar effect on jazz students--and faculty. At the public concert that concluded the residency, Professor Bill Lawing, after leading the Davidson ...

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Woodlander: Calvins Toboggan

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Woodlander is an intriguing jazz combo out of Europe dedicated to breathing life into the original compositions of its founder, Swiss pianist Luzius Schuler. A trio marked by its sparseness, Woodlander is rounded off with trumpeter Mats Spillmann and drummer Jonas Ruther, both of whom recently collaborated with Schuler on Lucerne Jazz Orchestra's Oaktree (QFTF) (Schuler and Ruther performed; Spillmann contributed a composition). Given the existing connections between these musicians, the persisting synergy that drives Calvins Toboggan should come as ...

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Dominic Miller: Silent Light

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Classical guitarist Dominic Miller makes his ECM debut with a largely solo program. It's a gentle, lyrical affair, reflecting his experience living in Argentina, the United States, England, and France, as well as decades of international touring as a working musician. The Brazilian influence is especially strong in pieces like opener “What You Didn't Say" and “Baden" (dedicated to Brazilian guitarist/composer Baden Powell). Percussionist Miles Bould plays with a light touch, reminiscent of Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos' playing with guitarist ...

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Buffalo Jazz Octet: PausaLive

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The Buffalo Jazz Octet, a group of veteran musicians culled from the strong jazz community in jny: Buffalo, NY, offers a boldly realized collective voice that sings of a wide-open future on PausaLive. PausaLive both reinforces and obliterates notions of jazz as a convenient label. The writing is beguiling, the musicians contribute top-notch inside and outside playing amid an assertive group mindset, and the listener is pulled into an aural adventure of striking dynamic variances. This is an ...

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Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon At The Old 76 House

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Mark Hagan The Old 76 House Jazz Salon Tappan, NY April 19, 2017 There's nothing quite like the experience of being captivated by a live performance in a matter of seconds after the band hits. Without having to stop to think about it, you realize that the intellect and pleasure centers are being stimulated in equal measure. Somehow, everything is exactly the way it should be, and regardless of what the musicians play ...


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